Thursday, January 22, 2015

RPC's - First character concept sketch : The Cleric

Another initial concept sketch :

He's supposed to have become a blacksmith.

I don't know - I'm not thrilled with this one. Back to the drawing board.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

RPC's - First character concept sketch : The Fighter

I was lucky enough to catch up with an old friend over the new year period. We went to University together, though he lives in Australia now. Our conversation came to comics, and we came to the conclusion that we could probably produce something along those lines - him mostly in the writing seat, myself mostly in the drawing seat.

It's an exciting prospect - and is one of my major goals for this year.

We're in the early stages at the moment, mostly in developing characters. Here's the first concept sketch :

Not bad. And yes, that is a sorcererous / mechanical arm ( thanks Matt ).

Friday, January 16, 2015

Commision for the first born - Final

Finally got round to finishing off the drawing for my eldest :

I found some 'light swirl' brushes for the psionic energy from the commander's hands, and I got a metal texture for the wall and floor.

Overall - I think I could have done this better, but the boy seems to like it, so I guess that's okay !

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Cover Art - 'A Lovely Singing Voice' - Final

Well, the client actually preferred the less coloured version. That surprised me a little, but hey - you like what you like ! I did seriously hate the way the hair looked when it was desaturated, so that needed a fix :

I ended up making selections of the hair areas ( which involved a LOT of the magic wand tool - I'm sure there was probably a more elegant way of doing it, but heck - it worked ! ), filling the selections with a new gray colour base, then lowering the opacity of the layer, so the previous detail showed though a little. Then I had to touch up the edges a bit, and I added some new highlights.

I gotta say, it certainly makes the fish pop more ! Rish seemed to like the final version, and the story should be up on Amazon for sale soon. I'll try and remember to throw a link to it here when it's up.

I totally forgot to post a link ! Here's where you can buy the story on Amazon :

Thursday, January 08, 2015

Commision for the first born - Shading and energy ball

Added some shading and highlights, as well as the energy sphere from the alien device :

It's shaping up alright.

Monday, January 05, 2015

Commision for the first born - Ethereal Commander and Alien Device

Had a bit of Christmas / New Year break there !

So, my eldest boy asked me to do a drawing for him. He loved watching me play the 'XCOM : Enemy Unknown;' video game ( which I probably shouldn't have let him watch - it is a little gory perhaps ), and he REALLY liked the Ethereal aliens. He wanted me to draw him an Ethereal Commander with the 'Alien Device' ( a thing you steal from the aliens in the game - you need it to win ). It was VERY important that it be coloured.

So managed to sketch it out over Christmas, and inked the outlines over the last couple of days.

Tonight I scanned it and tidied up the lines a bit :

And then I added a quick base colour :

Shading and sfx to come !